Cummings Brothers from the Gullah/Geechee Nation Set Weightlifting Records!

CJ & Omar Cummings at Pan American Weightlifting Competition

Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio did a special broadcast to help raise funds for Brother CJ and Omar Cummings to leave Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation to go to the Team USA Competition in Louisiana.   On the broadcast, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( interviewed these young men and their mother who live on Lady’s Island, SC and she encouraged them to not only bring home the goal in terms of reaching outstanding educational goals, but the gold in terms of weightlifting:  Well, these two young men took her advice from the show to heart!

CJ Cummings Wins Gold!

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, CJ Cummings took the gold medal in the 105 snatch and set a new Pan American Record!   On Sunday, Omar Cummings held up the other end of the bar when he also took the gold and also set a Pan American Record!  In 62kg Men weight class, Clarence Cummings Junior won Gold/Gold/Gold with 105/130/235.   Team USA Men finished with a Pan American Record (Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total) and Best Lifter award for Clarence Cummings Jr.  CJ became the first male American to set a Continental or World record in over a decade.

Omar Cummings Takes Gold!

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, Omar Cummings took the gold medal in the Men 77kg weight class.  Omar Cummings won Gold/Gold/Gold with 106kg/136kg/242kg.  He set a new American Youth Record 14-15 Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total in a 6 for 6 performance with

Snatch Attempt: 98kg/103kg/106kg
Clean & Jerk Attempt: 125kg/132kg/136kg
Total: 242kg

Clarence “CJ” Cummings Jr, William Cohen (who is from Savannah, GA in the Gullah/Geechee Nation), and Omar Cummings all set new American Records (Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total) in their respective weight classes.  The Cummings Brothers took Gold overall and CJ was the best overall lifter of the competition.  Team USA placed second as Mexico took first place and ironically, a territory of the USA took third place-Puerto Rico.  They beat out Argentina, Guyana, Chile, Brazil, and El Salvador.

CJ Cummings of Team USA Omar Cummings of Team USA

Tenk Gawd de Cummings Brudda da lead we team fa de Gullah/Geechee Nation!  May Gawd keep liftin dem hiya!

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